Despite strong public interest in municipal and school issues, residents do not always know when they are allowed access to certain public records and meetings. The laws governing these rights, the Open Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act, are anything but transparent.

To help residents understand their rights when it comes to public records, Planet Princeton, the online news organization, has organized a free event titled “Your Right to Know: NJ’s Open Public Records Act and Sunshine Law” on Saturday, March 3, at 9 a.m. at Princeton Public Library. For more information visit

Walter Luers, a Rutgers Law School graduate and president of the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, will discuss the public’s rights and the most effective way to obtain records.

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